35. Portugal, South & Morocco

Departure point: Madrid
Tour kicks off every Wednesday
Duration: 13 days

Price from: €1875
Duration: 13 days

Tour starts on every single WEDNESDAY all year long.

Tour code: C-31302

Included in tour:

- accommodation in **** hotels

- 12 breakfasts, 3 lunches, and 7 dinners

- modern and air-conditioned bus

- fast-ferry tickets (Spain, Morocco, and back)

- multi-lingual tour escort

- sightseeing tour with local guides in Lisbon, Sevilla, Cordoba, Fez, Rabat, Granada, and Toledo

- tickets to Cordoba's Mosque

- tickets to the Medresa in Fez

- tickets to Alhambra in Granada

- tickets to St. Tome and St. Maria Blanca churches in Toledo

- travel insurance

- free Wi-Fi on board (except Morocco)

- tips

Embark on an unforgettable thirteen-day journey that spans across three captivating countries: Portugal, Spain, and Morocco. This remarkable adventure will lead you through the vibrant and diverse landscapes of southern Portugal, the cultural heart of Spain, and the enchanting imperial cities of Morocco.

Your expedition commences in the southern region of Portugal, where the captivating city of Lisbon awaits. This unique and picturesque place is a harmonious blend of history and modernity. Wander through its beautiful streets, discovering cozy venues, cultural treasures, and wallet-friendly restaurants. Lisbon's charm lies in its ability to juxtapose centuries-old landmarks with trendy hotels, where each street and corner narrates a distinct story. Additionally, a day trip to Fatima, home to the revered Sanctuary of Fátima, offers a glimpse into one of the world's holiest Catholic destinations.

Next, you'll venture into Andalusia - a region that epitomizes the essence of Spanish culture. Seville and Cordoba beckon with their vibrant atmosphere, resonating with the soulful tunes of guitars and flamenco. Enjoy wine and tapas while embracing the passion of the locals as you immerse yourself in the Spanish way of life. Andalusia's allure lies in its fusion of Moorish elegance and Roman remnants. Majestic mountains, meandering rivers, and intricate canyons frame the landscape, which is a tapestry of rustic charm. It's no wonder that Andalusia remains a sought-after destination in Spain, captivating all who visit.

As your journey continues, you'll traverse the ancient village of Ronda en route to the sun-kissed beaches of the Costa del Sol. This collection of resorts is renowned as one of Spain's premier beach destinations, promising relaxation and breathtaking coastal views.

Your expedition then takes a remarkable turn as you cross the Bay of Gibraltar by ferry, embarking on the African leg of the tour. Your Moroccan adventure unfolds in Tangier before leading you to three imperial cities: Fez, Meknes, and Rabat. In the modern capital city of Rabat, ancient history and contemporary vibrance converge. Explore the intriguing Kasbah of the Oudaias, marvel at the iconic Hassan Tower, and pay homage to the Royal Mausoleum's gleaming splendor. Fez, the former capital, boasts not only stunning architecture but also world-famous tanneries, where the art of leather production thrives. Your exploration of Morocco will be filled with captivating experiences that offer a glimpse into the country's rich past and vibrant present.

Later your journey will continue leading you back to the captivating region of Andalusia. Here you'll have the opportunity to discover the enchanting city of Granada, renowned for its splendid Alhambra - most visited place in the whole Spain.

As you make your way back towards Madrid, a final highlight awaits. You'll make a stop in Toledo, the former capital of Spain, where you can immerse yourself in its rich history and distinctive architecture.

Please click here to see the route on a map.


Important Notice:

Kindly take note that this tour involves crossing international borders. As part of the itinerary, you will depart from the European Union and enter the Kingdom of Morocco. To ensure a smooth travel experience, please make certain that you possess a valid Moroccan visa before embarking on this journey. Additionally, please be aware that your Schengen visa, which permits entry into the European Union, must be of the "multiple entry" variant. Your cooperation in adhering to these visa requirements is greatly appreciated.

Day 1. Madrid - Trujillo – Lisbon (658 km ~ 409 miles)

We will start from Madrid at 8 a.m., heading to the province of Extremadura, one of Spain's western provinces, a remote area filled with natural parks and dramatic scenery. Our stop there will be in the ancient town of Trujillo. Once there, you will be amazed by the number of castles, churches, and manor houses. A bronze-cast statue of Pizarro stands watch over Trujillo's own Plaza Mayor square. You will have an hour and a half to explore all the beauty of the medieval center.

  • Over the centuries, Plaza Mayor has been the commercial and social center of the city, hosting different festivals and markets. Around it, you can see many buildings that were built between the 14th and 16th centuries. The manor houses are characterized by their angular balconies, a distinct element of Trujillo’s architecture.
  • The essential visit to Trujillo is definitely the Castillo de Trujillo, or Trujillo Castle. Dare to climb the Old Town for a few minutes, and you will find this well-preserved castle. Additionally, by spending 2.5 euros, you can visit the interior of the castle and walk on the walls to admire the breathtaking views of the Extremadura region and Plaza Mayor.
  • Trujillo has outstanding products among other Extremadura regions. You can try the caldereta, a stew prepared with goats or sheep meat, as well as ''chard'' (wild asparagus) and truffles.

From Trujillo, we will proceed to Portugal and will reach Lisbon in the early evening.


Day 2. Lisbon

Breakfast, followed by a tour around this beautiful capital city with a local guide. Lisbon offers a rich and varied history, a buzzing nightlife, and is blessed with a glorious year-round climate. It is a bustling and exciting city that boasts a wide choice of activities and fascinating tourist attractions. The city has a welcoming atmosphere while still embracing its deep-rooted heritage and extensive history. Some of the highlights of the tour include:

  • Padrão dos Descobrimentos (Monument of the Discoveries): This 50-meter-tall sculpture is a monument to the Portuguese ''Era of Discovery'' and to ''Henry the Navigator'', Vasco da Gama, and Ferdinand Magellan. A total of 33 statues line the sides of the monument, each representing an important figure from that epoch: monarchs, cartographers, and scientists stand alongside explorers, artists, and missionaries.
  • Belem Tower. The Torre de Belém was built in the 16th century as a military fortress and ceremonial entrance to the city. And yet, despite its primary function as a defensive structure, the tower’s delicate ornamentation, which includes arcaded windows, intricate sculptures, and Moorish-style watchtowers, makes it a real architectural marvel.
  • Jeronimos Monastery. The undisputed highlight is the Mosteiro dos Jerónimos. Construction of this former monastery began in 1501, and as designs became increasingly elaborate (fueled by trade with Asia), it eventually took nearly a hundred years to complete. Today, it stands as a testament to the prosperity of Lisbon at the height of the Portuguese empire. Check out its impressive cloisters, replete with ornate sculptural details and masterful stonework, and pay your respects to the major historical figures buried here, including Vasco da Gama and the celebrated poet Luís de Camões. Entrance and tour inside.
  • Alfama Quarter. A maze of narrow, winding streets, Lisbon's Alfama quarter is the oldest and most historical part of the Portuguese capital, having survived the great earthquake and subsequent fires and tidal waves of 1755 almost intact. Mostly traffic-free these days, except for the occasional 100-year-old tram creaking and rattling through, this ancient labyrinth of twisting lanes and cobbled stairways is in many ways the heart and soul of the Portuguese capital.

Enjoy an evening in Lisbon on your own. Please do not miss an opportunity to try the famous pastel de nata (egg tart), a local culinary icon whose recipe dates back to the 16th century. You can buy it at any coffee or bakery shop.

Another night in Lisbon.


Day 3. Lisbon - Fatima - Lisbon (264 km ~ 164 miles)

Breakfast in the hotel, then a tour to Fatima, one of the world's largest Catholic pilgrimage sites, with its Sanctuary of Our Lady of Fátima (Santuário de Fátima). A tour and some free time here to feel and appreciate this sacred place. Some facts about Fatima:

  • Portugal is known as a Catholic country filled with dramatic monasteries and ancient churches, but the Sanctuary of Fátima is one of the most sacred Catholic destinations that receives around 5 million visitors every year. Between May 13 and October 13, 1917, three shepherd children are believed to have witnessed six apparitions of the Virgin Mary, who imparted various messages and predictions about the future. During the last of these apparitions, it is said that around 50,000 observers witnessed the sun moving around in the sky in a way that defied the laws of cosmology.
  • Among the various buildings associated with the sanctuary, the Basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary (Basílica de Nossa Senhora do Rosário) is a solid limestone church built between 1928 and 1953 in Neo-Baroque style. The basilica has a 65-meter-high bell tower, and there is a large statue of Our Lady of Fatima above the main entrance to the church.
  • Across the square from the Basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary, the Basilica of the Holy Trinity (Basílica da Santíssima Trindade) is a relatively austere, modern structure built between 2004 and 2007 to accommodate the crowds who flock here on the anniversaries of the apparitions. With a seating capacity of over 8,000, this is among one of the biggest Catholic churches in the world.

Later, we will return to Lisbon. A free evening and another night in Lisbon.


Day 4. Lisbon - Caceres - Seville (575 km ~ 357 miles)

After breakfast, we are heading back to Spain. We'll cross the border and pass again through the province of Extremadura, but this time we'll head to Caceres, a town founded by the Romans in 25 BC. Visiting Cáceres will bring you back to the medieval era. The streets climb and twist among hoary palaces and mansions. As you turn your head up, you can see the skyline decorated with gargoyles, spires, and gigantic storks’ nests. The fortress has been serving as a defensive wall since the 16th century. You will have a good hour and a half there, so go ahead and check the main highlights; those are very close to each other:

  • Plaza Mayor is the town’s most lively square. There are several must-see places located in Plaza Mayor. Climb up the steps from the old town and turn left. You will see the great Torre de Bujaco, or Bujaco Tower. At the top of the tower, you will be treated to a stork's'-eye view of the Plaza Mayor. To climb the tower, you need to spend 2 euros.
  • Next to Torre de Bujaco, at the top of the stone stairs, you will see the Arco de La Estrella (Star Archway). This archway serves as a traditional entrance to the Old Town. Built in the 18th century, this archway is considered to be the most important gate in Cáceres.
  • The essential part of traveling to Cáceres is what lies inside the fortress. As you enter the Arco de la Estrella, several antique buildings greet you. If you walk left from the archway, you will find the Palacio de Toledo-Moctezuma, built between the 14th and 15th centuries. Though you can only visit the palace from the outside, the front-facing architecture is worth seeing.
  • Additionally, the small streets in the Old Town have different small shops selling local products, such as homemade pastries and sweets. Other local products definitely worth trying are goat cheese (Torta de Casar) and fig cake.

Continuation to Seville, arrival, dinner, and accommodation.


Day 5. Seville

Breakfast in the hotel, followed by a proper city tour throughout Seville with a local guide, to admire this beautiful and also the largest city in Southern Spain. With numerous sights and attractions, this city will never leave visitors stuck for choice. The main highlights of the tour are:

  • Plaza de España was built as a centerpiece for the 1929 Ibero-American Exhibition. Described as one of Seville’s most impressive sights, this plaza (square) measures 50,000 sq. meters. Only a twenty-minute walk from Seville Cathedral, this is one of Seville’s more popular locations, and with a canal measuring 500 meters, the plaza is known as ''the Venice of Seville’’. It is a magnificent sight and a must-see, with its colored ceramics and 48 tiled alcoves, each representing a different province of Spain. This place is not only popular with tourists and visitors, as it has been used as the location of a number of films, including Lawrence of Arabia and Star Wars.
  • Maria Luisa Park acted as the site of the Ibero-American Exhibition in 1929. Filled with orange trees, palm trees, and flower beds, it is the perfect place to unwind. With a number of colorfully tiled benches and fountains erected in a Moorish style, this park brings a touch of the exotic to the city. It is surrounded by a number of historic sites and wonderful architectural buildings, which allows visitors to indirectly appreciate the beauty of Seville.
  • Seville’s cathedral is one of the largest in the world. It stands at an enormous 126 meters long and 83 meters wide, with a ceiling height of 37 meters. The classical exterior draws visitors into an equally impressive interior. For example, the main altarpiece consists of 36 gilded panels, gently glimmering through the space. Globe-trotters can also pay their own homage to one of the world’s greatest travelers: the cathedral holds the sarcophagus of Christopher Columbus. A definite must-see.
  • Barrio Santa Cruz is Seville’s most famous area and a former Jewish quarter. Its unfeasibly narrow streets, white houses, secret squares, and small churches create an unforgettable atmosphere; just enjoy it.

Lunch during the tour. After the city tour, you will have the afternoon off to rest or explore more on your own.

  • You can check out the inside of the cathedral or visit the famous Giralda Bell Tower attached to it. This is the most iconic representation of the Islam and Christian traditions that define Seville’s history. You can walk to the very top, and, except for the final section, which features stairs, the route almost all the way up (for stunning views!) is via ramps.
  • Go to Metropol Parasol, also known as the ''Mushrooms of the Incarnation'', built just a few years ago and now one of Seville’s newest architectural ventures. It is the largest wooden structure in the world, and from the top of it, you can have a truly spectacular view. The structure also hosts a museum, which houses Roman remains found during the beginning of construction.
  • Another suggestion for your free time is to explore the district of Triana, Seville’s former gypsy quarter and one of the city’s most distinctive attractions. Its colorful, quaint streets are lined with old-style tapas bars, the walls of which are often plastered with faded bullfighting posters, photos of flamenco artists, and weeping Virgin Marys. It is also known for its locally made ceramics, which adorn the walls of its old, whitewashed houses, and one of Seville’s best and most lively markets, the Mercado de Triana.

Night in Seville.


Day 6. Seville - Cordoba (145 km ~ 90 miles)

Breakfast in the hotel, then departure towards another Andalusian ''hot spot''—Cordoba. This place is truly one of the most beautiful old towns in Andalusia, as well as one of Spain's most famous historical monuments. Here you will be guided on a tour through its historic center—a conspicuously charming place with its patios and courtyards, decorated with pots of aromatic jasmine and geraniums—and walk narrow, winding streets lined with what must be some of the prettiest and most colorful houses in southern Spain. And of course, you will enter the Mosque-Cathedral, the greatest dual-identity monument in Spain.

  • Mosque-Cathedral. Originally, there was a Roman temple on this site, but it was replaced by a Christian church during the Visigoth era. Both Christians and Muslims used the church as a place of worship after the Moors captured Cordoba in 711. But the reign of religious pluralism in Córdoba didn’t last long: in 784, on the orders of the Emir Abd al-Rahman, the church was destroyed and work on a great mosque began. Construction lasted for over two centuries, and when the building was completed in 987, Córdoba’s mosque was the largest in the Islamic kingdom, save only for that of Kaaba in Arabia. When the city was reclaimed by Christians in 1236, the mosque was converted into a church, and in the 16th century, Charles V added a great Renaissance nave right on top of the original Moorish structure. The mosque’s most photographed aspect is its vast main hall, which is supported by over 850 double-arched columns. Sunlight and shadows create unusual effects as you wander among them, contemplating the multifaceted history of this great building.

Extending in a tangle of cobbled streets and squares to the north of the Mosque-Cathedral is Juderia, the city’s former Jewish quarter. This is a great area to stop for lunch, packed as it is with smart restaurants as well as superb no-frills tapas bars. Free time to have lunch and buy some souvenirs.

Arrival at the hotel, accommodation, dinner, and night in Cordoba.


Day 7. Cordoba - Ronda - Costa del Sol (322 km ~ 200 miles)

Breakfast. Transfer and a first stop in the beautiful town of Ronda. Steeped in dark myths and bullfighting folklore, while boasting one of the most extraordinary locations in Spain, it is no wonder that Ronda has become Andalusia’s third most visited place. With its world-famous New Bridge and bullring, as well as the hidden corners of the gorge on top of which it perches, Ronda will definitely not disappoint. You will have free time to explore the main highlights of this beautiful town.

  • Puente Nuevo (the New Bridge), one of southern Spain’s most famous attractions and Ronda’s epic bridge, spans the 100-meter-deep El Tajo gorge, connecting El Mercadillo (the little market), the newer part of town, with La Ciudad (the town), the old Moorish quarter. The bridge was completed in 1793, and it took some forty years and the lives of 50 construction workers to build.
  • Puente Viejo (Old Bridge) is the more notable of the two crossings that the gigantic Puente Nuevo was built to improve upon. Comprising a single stone archway, this early 17th-century structure is reached by strolling down through the beautiful Jardines de Cuenca (Cuenca’s Gardens), and from its center, there are some spectacular views of the countryside beyond Ronda.
  • Bullring: simply the largest (by diameter!) bullfight ring in the world.
  • Old and New Town: El Tajo Canyon not only rendered Ronda’s most iconic attraction necessary, it also divided the town into two separate halves, each with its own style and atmosphere. La Ciudad, or The Town, is the original Moorish part and weaves around one central street, Calle Armiñan, south of Puente Nuevo. On the northern cliffs of El Tajo is the more commercial part of town, known as El Mercadillo (The Little Market).

Later, we'll continue to the Costa del Sol.

  • Situated in the province of Málaga, in the south of Spain, the Costa del Sol (or Sunny Coast) is among the most popular tourist destinations in Spain. The Costa del Sol receives a flood of tourists throughout the year thanks to its fantastic weather (with over 300 days of sunshine each year). Coming there means finding not only beautiful landscapes and scenery but also outstanding beaches. Each town is rich in cultural heritage and tasty food.

Arriving in Torremolinos - beautiful coastal town with excellent beaches, vibrant nightlife, and a very relaxed atmosphere, Dinner and accommodation.


Day 8. Costa del Sol - Tarifa (or Algeciras) - Tanger (ferry) - Assilah - Rabat (480km ~ 300miles)

Breakfast. Departure towards one of the Spanish ''gates'' to Morocco, either Tarifa or Algeciras (depending on date), from where you will take a ferry to cross the Strait of Gibraltar and enter the Kingdom of Morocco. Be prepared to pass the customs control in both Spain and Morocco, which can sometimes be a bit chaotic, especially in Morocco. After disembarking, a bus will take you to the enchanting city of Assilah, where the tour leader will briefly explain the main highlights and you will have lunch. Assilah is a picturesque coastal town in Morocco with a rich history. Main highlights:

  • Medina of Assilah: The heart of the town is its beautifully preserved medina (old town). You can stroll through its narrow, winding streets, admire the white and blue buildings, and shop for local crafts.
  • Ramparts and Gates: Assilah is known for its well-preserved defensive walls and gates, including Bab Homar and Bab el Bahr. They offer great photo opportunities and a glimpse into the town's history.

Later, we will continue to Rabat. Arrival, accommodation, and dinner.


Day 9. Rabat - Fez (210km ~ 130 miles)

Breakfast in the hotel, then a city tour around the city of Rabat, the enchanting and welcoming capital city of Morocco with a long and rich history. Main highlights to see:

  • Hassan Tower and Tomb: at first sight, it appears as though this tower fell and split in half. However, it was never actually completed. Started by the Almohads, Hassan Tower was intended to be the minaret for what the ruler, Yacoub al-Mansour, intended to be a majestic mosque. The beautiful and intricate designs on the tower, as well as the open and intriguing surroundings, make it a must-see.
  • Just opposite Hassan Tower lies a beautiful tomb of King Mohammad V and his two sons. The tomb is open to non-Muslims. Inside the plain white building, there are fascinating carvings and a gold-leaf ceiling that will captivate visitors.
  • King’s Palace: almost every big city in Morocco has a palace ready for the arrival of the King as a guest. However, the Palace in Rabat is King Hassan II's official residence and was built upon the ruins of an 18th-century palace. Home to many government offices as well as quarters for the Royal Family, it is an important city building. While visitors cannot enter the main grounds, admiring the palace from the central pathway is still special.

Continuation to Fez. Arrival and lunch in the local restaurant, then a proper city tour around the imperial city of Fez. Being one of the most important cities in Morocco, Fez is rich in culture, history, traditions, and gastronomy. With one of the first universities and the oldest medieval Medina in the world, this city has a lot to offer. The main highlights of the city tour are:

  • Dar el Makhzen, the Royal Palace of Fez, might not be open to the public but is definitely worth seeing. The royal family doesn’t live there, but they maintain a palace in every city for each of their visits. Truly an impressive sight, it features gigantic doors made of brass and gold, surrounded by zellij tilework and carved cedar wood. It’s a popular place with tourists, as the detailed mosaics and bold colors make for beautiful pictures that play with light and perspective.
  • Chouara Tannery is the most iconic place in Fez and the oldest tannery in the world, where they still operate like they did in medieval times. Here, men make leather in a massive tannery surrounded by houses and shops. The smell can get rather intense, so normally a mint leaf is offered to all who enter the door, as this is definitely a unique sight to behold.
  • Medersa Bou Inania: right at the entrance of the Old Medina lies the former college for Muslim intellectuals. It was built by Sultan Bou Inan in the 14th century but has been beautifully restored, featuring gorgeous mosaics, carved plaster, cedar mashrabiyyas (lattice screens), and impressively large doors. The inside is splendid, with a fountain in the courtyard and endless, hand-carved walls and zellij tilework. It also has rooms on two floors, where classes used to be taught. Entrance and the tour.
  • Walking Medina. The Medina (Old City) is the heart of Fez. The high, sandy-colored walls protected inhabitants from invasions in times gone by. Pass through one of the towering gates and you’ll find yourself in a chaotic world of mayhem, where people, bicycles, scooters, cars, donkeys, carts, and street stalls all compete for space. Narrow alleyways lead to even smaller walkways, with ornate doors and interesting door knockers adding visual charm to otherwise nondescript buildings. Tradesmen get on with their daily tasks in open-fronted workshops, groups of teenagers huddle together as younger kids play, and women gossip loudly as they walk through the streets. Medina is the place to go if you want to fully immerse yourself in the local Moroccan life.

Accommodation and a night in Fez.


Day 10. Fez - Chaouen - Tanger (310 km ~ 292 miles)

Breakfast in the hotel, then transfer departure to Chefchaouen (or simply Chaouen) is a picturesque town in Morocco known for its stunning blue-painted buildings and its unique, vibrant atmosphere.

  • The Blue Streets: The most iconic feature of Chefchaouen is its blue-painted buildings. Take a stroll through the medina (old town) and get lost in the maze of blue streets. It's a photographer's paradise.
Some free time in Chaouen. Then continue to Tangier. Arrival, dinner, accommodation, and evening are to be enjoyed on your own.


Day 11. Tanger - Costa del Sol (145 km ~ 90 miles)

It's time to head back to Spain. After breakfast, we'll take the ferry back to Tarifa or Algeciras (Spain). The bus will pick us up at the port, and after another hour, we are in Marbella or Torremolinos. Accommodation and dinner. Enjoy the second half of the day at Costa del Sol!

  • Torremolinos is the perfect blend of a cosmopolitan town and a traditional Andalusian fishing village. With its seven-kilometer-long coastlines, Torremolinos offers wonderful seafront promenades. Aqualand and Crocodile Park are the perfect alternatives for visitors who seek non-beach diversion. Additionally, nightlife lovers can opt for bars and nightclubs in Los Álamos or La Nogalera for truly great nighttime entertainment.

Dinner and night on Costa del Sol.


Day 12. Costa del Sol - Granada (180 km ~ 112 miles)

Breakfast, then transfer to Granada, a beautiful city right at the foot of the spectacular Sierra Nevada mountains. The popular favorite of the region of Andalusia, Granada has a rich history, a fantastic range of sites to see, and a bustling nightlife. With Arab influences and Spanish charm, there is plenty of culture and history to explore here. Upon arrival, you’ll have a guided tour to see the famous complex of La Alhambra*, its Arabian palaces, Nazaries, and its green and picturesque Generalife Gardens.

  • Alhambra is definitely number one on the list of unmissable things to see in Granada and the most visited sight in all of Spain. The world-renowned Alhambra gets its name from the Arabic for ''Red Castle'', and has been poetically described as the place where the air is clear and the fresh water from the mountains reaches. Partly a palace, partly a fort, the Alhambra is now a dedicated UNESCO World Heritage site and boasts spectacular medieval architecture that captivates its thousands of visitors. It tends to get quite crowded, given its magical nature, with around 6,000 visitors a day, but its beauty can be appreciated even in the busiest of moments.

The tour to Alhambra is already quite extensive and includes a good part of walking, so it’s your choice the rest of the day: to relax in the hotel or continue to explore the city of Granada on your own. Suggested places to visit on the second half of the day:

  • Alcaicería, best known as ''mini Morocco'', is the home of the Great Bazaar of Granada. Consisting of a series of streets that are very much reminiscent of a Moroccan souk, this is not only another example of the rich Arab history of the city but also very similar to Morocco itself. Selling everything from spices to henna, there are many little treasures to be found on these streets. Look out for traditional Arabic handicrafts such as fajalauza—traditional, beautifully painted ceramics—or the gorgeous Granadino farolas—rounded lamps made from intricate stained glass.
  • Albaicín is another UNESCO World Heritage Site in the heart of the city of Granada. Albaicín is a district of the city boasting narrow, winding streets that have stood here since its medieval Moorish era. Often described as a different world inside Granada, the strong Muslim influence makes Albaicín somewhat of an open-air museum. After touring the narrow and characterful streets to experience the charm of the past, you can relax in one of its many bars and terraces and enjoy a spectacular sunset over the Alhambra.
  • Granada’s Cathedral, located near the Plaza Nueva, was built on the site of a former mosque by Queen Isabella as a symbol of the Christian victory over the Moors. With parts of it decorated with beautiful, intricate sculptures, there is much beauty and architecture to be admired. Complete with numerous chapels, each with their own character and artistic style, this iconic and historical building is definitely worth a visit.
  • Try free tapas ''culture''. Tapas (an appetizer or snack in Spanish cuisine) is certainly one of the first things that comes to mind whenever Spain is mentioned, and Granada is probably the city most renowned for its popular tradition of free tapas. With the fantastic ''buy a drink, get free tapas'' phenomenon, this timely Spanish tradition is even more popular here. With countless numbers of bars and tapas restaurants, you’ll certainly be left with plenty of choice as to where to get these tempting little snacks. Offering everything from gourmet and international tapas like sushi and caviar to traditional Spanish jamón (dry-cured ham), you can’t leave Granada without experiencing this culinary delight.

Dinner and night in Granada.


Day 13. Granada - Toledo - Madrid (446 km ~ 277 miles)

Breakfast, then transfer to Toledo, an ancient city and the former capital of Spain. Toledo is an incredibly culturally diverse city; it has seen numerous different cultures and dynasties pass through its walls, as well as many wars, royalty, and artists. The legacy that it guards is an essential part of Spanish culture, so visiting Toledo is bound to be an extremely unique experience. Some of the sights we'll see during the tour are:

  • Cathedral. Toledo’s Cathedral is one of the most important places to visit when in this stunning city. It is a grand monument built in Gothic style with an obvious French influence, and there are people who say that it is the best and most impressive building in that style in the entire country. It was finished towards the end of the 15th century, over 200 years after construction began.
  • The Juderia (''the city of the Jews'') district is what once used to be the city’s Jewish quarter, and nowadays it is one of the most beautiful parts of the city, with some excellently preserved buildings. A tour through this part will enable you to learn what life was like under Muslim and Christian domination for Jews, as well as to explore their culture and architecture.
  • You will see and enter the important synagogues of Santa María la Blanca (12th century) and also the church of Santo Tomé. The last one has a fine tower and a chapel containing the painting Burial of the Conde de Orgaz by El Greco.

Lunch is in the restaurant. Later, we'll visit a traditional craftsman's workshop to discover the ancestral techniques and phases of the true Toledano sword-making elaboration process.

Towards the evening transfer and arrival in Madrid, where our tour ends.


Please click here to see the route on a map.

*If, in an unlikely case, The Patronato of the Alhambra and Generalife were not granted tickets for certain dates for the participants of the visit, a tour of the city of Granada will be provided instead: Visit the Palace of Carlos V, the Archaeological Museum, the Church of Santa María de la Alhambra, the Royal Chapel, and take a walk through the city's Alcaiceria (silk market) and the Cathedral Square.


Per person in double/twin room: 1875 €

Single Supplement: 580 €

Supplement July to Oct.: 75 €

Supplement for departure on April 10 and 17 (Feria): 110 € 



- Children under 4 years old: Free; no granted seat on the bus.
- Children between 4 and 7 years old: 25% discount off the adult price; they share a room with adults.
- Teenagers between 8 and 18 years old: 5% discount off the adult price.
- Seniors (65+ years old): 5% discount off the adult price.
- Third person in a triple room: 5% discount.
- Discounts cannot be combined.

Booking Process:

1. Choose the desired tour and confirm it via email. Provide the starting date, tour code, number of travelers, their names, age and preferred room types (Single/Double/Triple).
2. Receive an invoice from us.
3. Make a 15% deposit to secure the booking.
4. Receive confirmation from us.
5. Three weeks (21 day) before the tour starts, pay the remaining balance.
6. Arrive for the tour on the scheduled date and time.

Payment Information:

- A 15% deposit is required during reservation.
- The remaining 85% must be paid at least 3 weeks before the tour starts.
- Payment methods:
   1. Bank wire to our company's bank account (details on the invoice).
   2. Credit card payment (additional 2% charge, the link will be sent to you). 
   3. Western Union (for urgent, short-notice reservations).
   4. Wise.com – a cost-effective online currency transfer system. Ask us for an ''invitation'' if you're not a member.

Cancellation and Refund Policy:

- The 15% deposit at the time of reservation is non-refundable.
- If you paid 100% upfront and canceled at least 3 weeks before the trip, the remaining 85% is fully refundable.
- Cancellations made less than 3 weeks before the trip won't receive any refunds.

Hotel Lutecia in Lisbon, Portugal, is a distinguished 4-star establishment known for its smart design and modern amenities. Renovated in 2014, this hotel is located in the "New Avenues" residential area and is celebrated for its nine uniquely themed floors, offering guests diverse and novel experiences during their stay. Different themes add a touch of creativity and uniqueness to the accommodations. Its prime location in the ''quiet'' residential center near Avenida de Roma allows easy access to popular tourist attractions and shopping areas.
Hotel Lutecia boasts a range of amenities, including a 24-hour fitness center, a spa, free Wi-Fi, a restaurant, air conditioning, and a gym. The hotel features a ‘’Fusion’’ restaurant, which serves Portuguese cuisine.
Lutecia, with its blend of innovative design, diverse themed floors, and comprehensive amenities, offers a unique and luxurious stay in the heart of Lisbon, making it a popular choice for travelers seeking comfort and an exceptional experience in the city.


Hotel Silken Al-Andalus Palace in Sevilla, Spain, is a 4-star establishment that stands out for its modern, bright design and spacious facilities. Set amidst the lush gardens of the Heliopolis neighborhood, it is a short drive from Seville's historic center; the hotel is well-situated for guests looking to explore the city.
Silken Al-Andalus Palace offers a range of amenities that cater to both leisure and business travelers. These include a gym, a beauty salon, a seasonal outdoor pool, terraces, and open spaces for relaxation. It is also features a restaurant and a health club.
The hotel boasts 623 tranquil and bright rooms, all air-conditioned and equipped with modern amenities like free Wi-Fi, satellite TV, and safes. These spacious rooms provide a comfortable and relaxing environment for guests.
''Al-Andalus'' has 15,000 square meters of gardens surrounding it, which adds to its charm and creates a peaceful and picturesque setting that resembles an oasis in the bustling city of Seville.


EXE Ciudad de Córdoba is a hotel that offers a delightful escape in the city's historic surroundings. The rooms are beautifully decorated with tiled floors, have plenty of natural light and provide amenities such as air conditioning, complimentary Wi-Fi, and flat-screen TVs. Guests start their day with a breakfast buffet and may relax in the comfortable lounge area at night. The hotel's prime location allows you to easily explore the city's heritage, including iconic landmarks like the Mosque Cathedral of Córdoba and the charming historic center, which is only a 12 to 15-minute walk away.


Situated in the town of Torremolinos, Hotel Sol Principe is an ideal choice for beach enthusiasts and families alike. With access to the beach and multiple outdoor pools, including a lovely lagoon-style pool, guests can enjoy endless water fun. The rooms are spacious, have mini-fridges and safe lockers, and offer views of either the sea or the inviting pool area. Dining options abound at this hotel, with both buffet and ''à la carte'' restaurants available, along with programs suitable for all ages. The Sol Principe also provides entertainment for people of all ages, such as sports activities, games, and live performances. Furthermore, its convenient proximity to the city center makes it easy for guests to explore attractions while soaking up the vibrant atmosphere of Torremolinos.


Hotel Le Diwan Rabat is a boutique hotel that offers a unique travel experience by blending style, elegance, and Moroccan colors. It features a luxurious air-conditioned complex with 94 rooms, an oriental spa with hammam and massage, and a restaurant serving French and Mediterranean cuisine.
The hotel is conveniently located near a streetcar station in the Embassy district, just minutes from Rabat's historic monuments and a short walk from the mausoleum of Mohammed V and Hassan Tower. It offers superior rooms with double or twin beds, city or courtyard views, and most with a balcony. It is positioned close to parks, natural alleys, and gardens in Rabat.


Hotel Rihab in Rabat, Morocco, offers a central location ideally suited for both business and leisure travelers. With a "very good" rating from guests, it is recognized for its original and refined environment. The hotel provides modern comforts across its 100 rooms and suites, all equipped with air conditioning, a minibar, satellite TV, and a direct-dial telephone. Amenities at the property include high-speed internet, a rooftop terrace, a restaurant, and business facilities. Room service and non-smoking room options are available for added convenience. The hotel's convenient location, which is within 0.3 miles of numerous restaurants and attractions, makes it an excellent choice to stay.


Hotel Los Angeles & Spa in Granada offers a delightful experience with its extraordinary building and proximity to the city center. It features superb facilities, including a spa, a gym, and an inviting swimming pool. The hotel's rooms are spacious and have unique decor, and many offer terraces with views of the city or Sierra Nevada. For dining, the hotel has its own restaurants and also provides venues for events. Its location on the slopes of Sabika Hill means guests are just a five-minute walk from the historic center and the scenic Paseo del Salón. 


Hilton Garden Inn Tanger City Center in Tangier, Morocco, is a hotel that boasts an excellent location with modern design and Moroccan touches. It offers stunning views of the city and the Mediterranean Sea and is rated highly for its location, cleanliness, service, and value. The hotel provides a range of amenities, including free parking, high-speed internet, a fitness center, a bar and lounge, a restaurant, and comprehensive business and conference facilities. Room features include soundproofing, air conditioning, room service, and options for ocean or city views. It caters to both business and leisure travelers and offers services in multiple languages, including English, French, Spanish, and Arabic.


All descriptions are based on data provided by the hotels. Iberica Travel does not guarantee the accuracy of this material in the future. Please visit each hotel's official website for the most up-to-date information.

Furthermore, the hotels listed above may be replaced by similar properties in the same category. 

Here you will find commonly asked questions regarding our tours.


1. Are the tours for individuals, families, or small groups of friends?

- Yes. Our tours are for single travelers, couples, families, and groups of friends whom we put together with other travelers to form a larger group.


2. How many people are normally included on a tour?

We cannot guarantee an exact number per tour. Normally, it ranges from 10 to 25 people per group, but these numbers can vary greatly depending on the time of year. In summer, groups tend to be larger as this is a popular time of year, while the winter season usually attracts fewer people, thus smaller groups are formed. There are certain tours that combine travelers if the destinations follow the same routes; e.g., you may be on a 10-day tour package with companions traveling on a 5-day package. The tour will cover the same areas, and the 5-day package guests will break off thereafter. Also, more people may be joining in for the other part of the package.


3. Is there a guide or tour leader on the bus?

- Yes. An accompanying guide (tour leader) always travels with the group during the entire tour. An exception may occur when there are minimal numbers signed up for a particular tour. These small groups will travel with an experienced, English-speaking driver-guide. In all major cities, we use local professionals and licensed guides.


4. What languages do the guides use?

English and Spanish. All our tour guides speak both languages fluently. If a tour group consists of an English-speaking group only, the tour will run in English. But most of the tours will have both English and Spanish (from Latin America and Central America) passengers, so the guides will explain in both languages.


5. Do your tours run during certain times of the year?

Most of our tours run all year. Some tours, e.g., those running to the northern regions of Spain, only run from March until October. Each tour's description provides all the relevant information needed. For example, ''Sundays all year'' means that a tour will start on every Sunday of the year, regardless of the numbers. Just look up the calendar for the specific dates Sundays are falling on, and make sure you arrive in Spain a day before.


6. What cities do the tours start from?

Tours start in Madrid or Barcelona.


7. Where are the meeting points for the tours?

In Madrid, it is Calle Ferraz 3 (Ferraz Str., 3). This meeting point is in the city center, right off Plaza España.

In Barcelona, it is in the reception of the Hotel ''Catalunya Barcelona 505'' (Carrer de Muntaner, 505, 08022, Barcelona).


8. Do you pick them up from the hotels on the first day of the tour?

By default, no. We do not pick up from hotels because that would delay the tour launch time. However, if your hotel is en route, using the same bus route on launch day, we will pick you up. A week before travel, we require the name of your hotel in Madrid and will inform you if you can be picked up directly from your hotel or need to head over to the meeting point at 7.45 a.m.

In Barcelona, the meeting point is always in the reception of the ''Catalunya Barcelona 505'' hotel.


9. What type of vehicles do you use?

We use buses for larger groups and minibuses for smaller ones. Vehicles are comfortable, modern, and equipped with air conditioning.


10. If there is Wi-Fi on your buses,?

There is Wi-Fi on all our buses in Spain and Portugal. But please keep in mind that sometimes during the transfers between the cities, the Wi-Fi signal can be weak or intermitting due to poor coverage from the main operators. Please do not expect very high Internet speed (to download or stream movies during the transfers).


11. Are meals included?

Buffet breakfasts with all the drinks are included every morning in all hotels our guests occupy during their tour.

Lunches and dinners are included anywhere that's mentioned in the itinerary (sections ''Itinerary'' and ''Included in Tour''). Normally, dinners are held in the hotel's restaurants, but many times they will be buffet (''eat as much as you want''), and only drinks will be at an extra cost. Also, sometimes lunches and dinners will be held in the restaurants.


12. If I am a vegetarian or allergic to certain products, is there any problem?

No problems at all. Inform the tour leader, and he will assist you. On a side note, many dinners are buffet-type, so you can simply choose what you prefer. For those with allergies, if in doubt, please remind the tour leader during mealtimes. Alternatively, ask the restaurant staff about the content of the dishes.


13. What time do you arrive in Madrid on your last day of travel? Can I book a flight on the same day, flying out of Spain?

Normally, we return to Madrid between 17.00 and 19.00 on the last day of the tour. However, it is not recommended to book the flight out on the same evening or night, as traffic jams in Madrid or other possible events may delay your arrival. Feel free to talk to us before starting the tour, and we'll organize your overnight stay in Madrid after the tour.


14. I need a night in the hotel or a transfer from or to the airport to be booked before or after the tour.

Sure. Just let us know at the time you organize it.


15. Can I just show up for the trip without a reservation and pay directly in the office, on the spot?

Unfortunately, not. The tour must be booked in advance, as we need to make all the arrangements beforehand.


16. How long in advance should I book a trip?

If you book at least 2 weeks in advance, the trip is guaranteed for you, though we recommend booking even earlier, if possible, as in these cases we have a wider range of hotels to accommodate the early reservations—better options.


17. Can I customize one of the tours for myself?

No, as there are more people traveling with you on the tour. However, if you represent an agency or the leader of a group of people, contact us; we'll take care of a private and customized tour for your party only.


18. What is the booking process?

It is simple. Once you have chosen the tour, there are six steps:

1. You confirm the tour by e-mail, indicating the starting date, tour code, number of persons traveling, and their names, as well as the types of rooms preferred (single, double, or triple).

2. We will send you an invoice.

3. You pay 10% to book the tour.

4. We issue the confirmation.

5. Three weeks before the starting date, you pay the rest of the money due, and

6. You show up for the tour on the appointed date and time.


19. How much should I pay and when?

We require a 10% deposit during reservation and the remaining 90% no less than 3 weeks before the tour commences.


20. How would I pay?

You can pay in one of four ways:

1. Bank wire to our company’s bank account. Our banking details are included on the invoice that you receive.

2. We can charge your credit card. Please keep in mind that, in this case, we charge an additional 2% on top of the amount (bank charges).

3. Transferwise.com is an online system allowing the transfer of funds. There is a small commission attached.

4. Western Union (normally for short-notice reservations and when the amount needs to be received urgently).


21. What is the cancellation and refund policy?

10% paid at the time of reservation is non-refundable. The other 90% is fully refundable if cancelled in no less than 2 weeks (e.g., if you paid 100% upfront, you get the whole amount right away). There are no refunds for cancellations made with less than 3 weeks to go before the trip.


22. Are there any discounts or surcharges?

Yes. Discounts are listed under the section ''Prices'', under each package.


23. Are taxes included in the tour prices?

Yes, VAT and tourist taxes for different cities are included.


24. How do I know if I need a visa for Spain or Morocco?

- Please check the visa information for Spain here. The visa requirements for Morocco can be found here. Please note that all trips to Morocco will require your Schengen visa to be of an ''multiple entry'', as you will enter Spain for the second time.


25. I am ready to go ahead and book one of your tours, but I need a visa to enter Spain.

Yes, we do help our customers get their visas after a trip is confirmed. As we are a fully licensed tour operator in Spain, after the deposit is paid, we can issue a confirmation, which you can later bring to the Spanish Embassy or Consulate. In this letter, we confirm that you booked and partially (or fully) paid for a tour with us. Please note that we do not guarantee the issue of a visa and cannot influence the process. The decision is up to the Embassy, as they have their own rules and regulations for each country. At the same time, we do our best to ensure we provide assistance where possible.